How to considerably improve your writing with Grammarly
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If you are going to treat your blog as a business, you need to make sure that it looks professional. One of the critical elements to ensure your writing looks professional is to make sure that it is free of spelling and grammar mistakes and that it’s easy to read.
Although most writing programs nowadays have spell-checkers, their capabilities are limited, so if you really want to improve the quality of your writing, you should be looking at proofreading apps that have been designed specifically for this task.
What is Grammarly?
Grammarly is a proofreading software that reviews your writing and checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure errors. Grammarly has a free and a premium version. The premium version also runs more advanced tests and provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions, writing style checks and includes a plagiarism detector. Overall, using Grammarly can help you make sure that your writing looks professional and error-free and it can improve your writing skills.
There are different ways of using Grammarly:
– Using Grammarly directly as you write your blog post in WordPress with the Grammarly extension.
– Using Grammarly for MS Office (only for Windows users).
– Installing the desktop Grammarly app (available for both Mac and Windows).
– Writing or pasting your text directly into the Grammarly web page.
The option to use will depend on the workflow and tools you use to write a blog post. I use both the extension and the online versions.
How to start using Grammarly
Follow these two simple steps to start using the online version:
1 – Sign up for a free account
Follow this link to create a free account and start using Grammarly.
Once you’ve signed up, you will be redirected to the main Grammarly screen:
2 – Start writing!
Go to “My Grammarly” to start writing (you can also upload a document or copy paste text). When you start writing, any words where Grammarly has recommendations will be marked in red.
You can click on the word to see Grammarly’s recommendation as below:
If you click on “SEE MORE”, Grammarly launches the assistant and will show you more details about the suggested change:
In this case, Grammarly is highlighting a spelling suggestion. Grammarly shows the word to be reviewed, the recommended replacement/s (in green) and an explanation of the reason for the recommendation.
I usually prefer to finish all my writing and then launch the assistant to take me through all the recommendations one by one. If you click on the green button on the top right of the screen, Grammarly assistant starts going through all the suggestions, and you can choose which ones to follow or discard:
In the free version, you can see the details for all the free recommendations and a number with the “premium” recommendations. If you are going to write regularly, you can consider getting a premium copy once you’ve tested the free version and are happy that it works for you.
You can see the main differences between the free and Premium versions here.
You can also install the browser extension to use Grammarly on any content that you write online through WordPress, online e-mail etc.
Are there other similar proofreading tools?
There are several similar proofreading tools available online. The functionality is quite similar although there are some differences. The most well-known proofreading tools are Grammarly and ProWritingAid. Both of them have a free and a premium version, and both of them have pros and cons. At the moment I am using the Premium version of Grammarly, and I’m pleased with it. I think that one of the significant advantages of Grammarly over ProWritingAid is that it’s easier to use. The payment plan can be more expensive though if you wanted to go Premium.
My advice is to try them out and see which one works best for you. You don’t have to go premium, but it’s well worth using one of the free options to improve the quality of your writing and make your blog look more professional.